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scuba diver

DEEP DISCOVERY  A scuba diver photographs the bottom of a submerged, underground pit where many animal fossils, including a teenage girl’s remains, were found in 2007. A TV documentary shows how these discoveries led to insights into the initial settling of the Americas.

CT scans of Homo sapiens fossils

GETTING OLDER  Roughly 300,000-year-old fossils from Morocco have been attributed to Homo sapiens. CT scans, used to produce these reconstructions, reveal a modern-looking face (left) but a braincase similar to older, now extinct Homo species (right).

Neandertal skull and human skull

LOST AND FOUND  Ancient DNA was lost when some humans (example human skull in background) migrated out of Africa, but the missing genetic heritage was “found” again when modern humans interbred with Neandertals (foreground).

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